Celtic v Gladbach – Celtic Park at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN
The Champions League is back and my latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on the game between Celtic and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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In their last Champions League game, Celtic came away with a well earned point against Manchester City (3-3), after taking the lead 3 times.
That was their first point of the competition so far, as in their opening group game they suffered a 7-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Celtic are currently sitting 3rd in their group and are only ahead of opponents Gladbach, who are yet to obtain a single point in the competition. A win for Celtic could therefore be huge and would put them right back amongst the pack in terms of progressing to the next round (other results dependant).
The home side led 3 times against Manchester City and have proven very tough to beat at home in recent years.
Celtic are 14 games unbeaten at home in the Scottish Premiership and 7 games unbeaten on home soil in the Champions League.
Away from home, it’s a different story however. In the Champions League Celtic have failed to win their last 6 away matches and making the most of their home advantage could therefore be crucial.
Last weekend The Hoops beat Motherwell 2-0 at home and would have grown in confidence as a result of the clean sheet. Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembélé got on the scoresheet and the latter is Celtic’s top-scorer with 10 goals to his name, 2 of which have come in the Champions League.
Gladbach have lost their 2 opening Champions League games and are therefore sitting bottom of the Group C table.
Most recently, the away side lost 2-1 to Barcelona at home and before that they suffered a 4-0 thrashing away at Manchester City.
At home Gladbach look solid and teams should be afraid to go to the Borussia-Park. In the Bundesliga they’ve won 10 out of their last 11 home games and the only game they have failed to win was against Hamburg last weekend, where they were held to a 0-0 draw.
Away from home Gladbach struggle however and have only won 1 of their last 14 Bundesliga games.
Gladbach have failed to win their last 2 games (across all competitions) and as a result, they are heading to Scotland not in the best of form. Taking this into consideration as well as all the other factors, I think the German side would do well to get a result at Celtic Park.
Celtic are a difficult side to beat at home and look value when backing them +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market. Gladbach are certainly weaker opposition than Manchester City, who they took the lead against 3 times in their last game. Gladbach are also without a win in their last 2 games and Celtic isn’t the easiest place to go if you’re not on top form.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Celtic +0.25 @ 2.01 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.